The main character of the novel, this person is a thirty-six-year-old American who made his fortune working in America first selling leather and then later selling washtubs.
Claire Bellegarde de Cintre
This person, a widow, was forced at the age of eighteen by her mother to marry an old man.
Mademoiselle Noemie Nioche
This character is a young painter who is introduced in the first chapter of the book. This character badly overcharges another for a painting.
This person feels ashamed of his own daughter.
This person, originally from St. Louis, has been living in Paris for six years and has come to the decision that Paris culture is better than American culture.
Mrs. Lizzie Tristam
This person becomes a very close friend and confidant to the novel's protagonist. She sets up the protagonist with another character that she met in school...
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